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West Indies’ Chris Gayle celebrates after scoring a century. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Chris Gayle backs Day-Night Tests:

  • West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has backed the prospect of more number of Day-Night Tests. At least 3 Day-Night Tests have been scheduled to be played this season, with West Indies proposed to play one against Pakistan in September.
  • “It’s going to be different for the fans. I don’t see any reason why the concept can’t take off and be as successful as the shorter forms of the game,” Gayle told the reporters in Bengaluru.
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Roderick Estwick replaces Curtly Ambrose as West Indies bowling coach

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  • Curtly Ambrose, who has been filling the role of bowling consultant for West Indies for the past 3 years, has been replaced by Roderick Estwick for the post of Bowling Coach.
  • Estwick will join the team before West Indies plays Australia and South Africa in a tri-series.
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Sharma defends bat first decision

  • Rohit Sharma and Co suffered a heavy defeat against KXIP yesterday. One of the potentially match-defining decisions was Rohit’s decision to bat first after winning the toss. However, he defended his decision, citing that the pitch was becoming slower as the match progressed.
  • “See, the wicket keeps getting slower and slower. When Harbhajan was bowling, he was turning it miles. It was never going to be easy, even 140. We can’t say that, because we didn’t put enough runs on the board. Had it been around 140 or 130 or 135, it would have been a different ball game,” quoted Sharma
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BCCI to hold SGM to elect president

  • Moving on from Shashank Manohar’s sudden decision to resign from the post of BCCI President, BCCI is set to hold a special general meeting to elect their next President. Frontrunners for the post are IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla and BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur.
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Jake Ball delighted with England call-up

  • Jake Ball expressed his elation over his England Call-up, who was a surprise selection for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. James Vince and Ball are the two players to receive the England call up for the first time.
  • “Words can’t describe the emotions I was going through. When I went back up to the dressing room all the lads knew what had been going on and everything went quiet when I walked in. But they were all delighted for me. It was a special moment.” said Ball.
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Rwanda Captain creates Guinness Record

  • Rwanda Captain Eric Dusingizimana broke the existing record of the longest batting session in the nets, as he batted for 51 hours from 11th May to 13th May. He had created the record to raise funds to build Rwanda’s first ever Cricket Ground.
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Sanjay Bangar denies rift with Preity Zinta

  • Rumors were ablaze about a alleged rift between Priety Zinta and Sanjay Bangar regarding a tactical decision to send Berhardian ahead of Patel. However, the KXIP coach has denied the allegations in a press conference.
  • “No reported abusive or disrespectful language was against me. Kings XI will continue to fight for its survival in the tournament,” the former India all-rounder said.
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Joe Root cherishes No 4 role

  • Joe Root, who generally bats at No 3 position, has expressed his comfort over batting at No 4 position during the on going County season. The English right hander further added that his batting suits the position well, thus expressing his eagerness to bat at the position in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.
  • “I just want to keep improving: whether that means moving up the order or staying were I am that’s fine. No. 4 is a position where I do enjoy batting and I enjoy batting with the guys around me there as well so I think it suits the way my game is set up.” said Root
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Brad Hodge credits Raina, match winners for success

  • Despite playing their debut season, Gujarat Lions look poised to make it to the playoffs. GL Coach Brad Hodge has credited the team’s Captain Suresh Raina, and the huge list of match winners like Finch, McCullum for their success.
  • “One thing we have all across the board are match-winners. We’ve always said that from the two openers that walk out, to the guys that take the new ball, our spinners, Bravo, something like that, who can turn the game with bat or ball. We’re very fortunate to have that list of match-winners. It’s what makes us dangerous” he said.
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IPL viewership soars to 317 million

  • After a lean patch following the World T20, the tournament’s viewership has jumped leaps and bounds to reach 317 million across several broadcasting channels. According to reports, the viewership has increased by 45% since it’s first week.
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